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Vancouverites share snaps of hazy skies from U.S. wildfire smoke (PHOTOS)

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
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Photo: Vancouver in a haze / Getty Images

Environment Canada's forecast calls for a week of sunshine and soaring temperatures in the Lower Mainland, but wildfire smoke from south of the border is causing poor air quality in Vancouver.

And while the skies weren't nearly as hazy as they were a couple of weeks ago, locals captured images of the poor air quality early Wednesday morning. 

The federal weather forecasting department hasn't issued an air quality advisory, but as of Wednesday, Sept. 30 at noon, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is listed as moderate, which means that the air quality is acceptable, not good. As a result, some pollutants in the air may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. 

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist tells Vancouver Is Awesome in a phone interview that the smoke is expected to remain through the weekend. Find out more about the, here

Have a look at some photos from earlier today.

Earlier this month, Metro Vancouver continued a fine particulate matter advisory for 10 days for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District due to wildfire smoke from outside the region.

If you're feeling unwell these days, your first thought might be to get tested for the novel coronavirus. However, wildfires burning south of the border have created poor air quality in the Lower Mainland, which can cause a range of health effects. Find out how to tell the difference between symptoms, here.





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